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Mercitalia is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Italian state railway (FSI) system that operates freight transport and logistics services both within Italy and across Europe.

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Mercitalia was founded in January 2016, when the freight operations of Trenitalia were merged with supporting services into the Mercitalia brand, including Rail, Logistics, and Terminals.[1] The following month, FSI announced further details of the company, which in addition to the Mercitalia branded services controls European rail operator TX Logistik, intermodal operator Cemat, Terminal AlpTransit, and TLF.[2] FSI officials said that Mercitalia would expand state-owned freight operations from the primarily domestic Trenitalia Cargo to cross-border European service, with the intent of doubling freight revenue within ten years and more than tripling rail's share of the Italian freight market within fifteen.[2]

FSI planned to invest about 1.5 billion into Mercitalia in its first decade of operation, primarily in locomotives and rolling stock for Mercitalia Rail.[2] As part of the capital expenditures, Mercitalia in November 2017 ordered up to 125 Bombardier TRAXX electric locomotives at a cost of €400 million, and 50 intermodal and 200 steel freight cars, from Tatravagonka Poprad and Greenbrier respectively, worth €27 million.[3] The new locomotives entered service for both Mercitalia Rail and TX Logistik and it commenced on November 7, 2018.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FS launches new Mercitalia freight division". International Railway Journal. 12 January 2017. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "New locos planned as Mercitalia targets European corridors". Railway Gazette. 20 February 2017. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Mercitalia orders up to 125 locomotives and 250 wagons". Railway Gazette. 14 November 2017. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  4. ^ https://www.railwaygazette.com/news/high-speed/single-view/view/mercitalia-launches-high-speed-freight-service.html